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Scotland make four changes for Wallabies clash

Saracens and Scotland wing Sean Maitland

Sean Maitland returns to the Scotland side to face Australia and Simon Berghan will make his first Test start at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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Gregor Townsend has made four changes to the team which ran New Zealand close last weekend, with Maitland, Berghan, Ryan Wilson and Grant Gilchrist getting the nod.

Maitland was recalled to the squad after recovering from an ankle injury and the wing replaces Lee Jones, who drops out of the squad.

Prop Berghan gets his chance, while number eight Wilson and lock Gilchrist and also come into the pack.

The fit-again Fraser Brown will be among the replacements along with Cornell du Preez, Ben Toolis and Zander Fagerson, who all started in the back row in a 22-17 loss to the world champions.

 

Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Alex Dunbar, Sean Maitland, Finn Russell, Ali Price; Darryl Marfo, Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, John Barclay, Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson.

Replacements: Fraser Brown, Jamie Bhatti, Zander Fagerson, Ben Toolis, Cornell du Preez, Henry Pyrgos, Pete Horne, Byron McGuigan.

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Turlough 4 hours ago
Jean de Villiers' three word response to 'best in the world' debate

This ‘raging’ debate is only happenning in media circles and has never been a topic in Ireland (although SA media are interested). It makes the media companies money I guess. SA are RWC champions and #1 ranked team although Ireland are back within a point there. The facts point to SA. For a lot of 2021 France beat ALL their rivals and Ireland similar in 2022-2023. It is not wrong to say that on such form either can be deemed to be the current best team if they have beaten all their rivals and ranked #1. The ‘have to have won a world cup’ stipulation is nonsense. The world cup draw and scheduling has been tailored to the traditional big teams since the start. The scheduling also which sees the big teams sheltered from playing a hard pool match the week before has also been a constant. It is extraordinary that for example France have made so many finals. Ireland who were realistically only contenders in 2023 were in a Pool with two other top 5 teams and had to play one of them 7 days before a quarter final against France or New Zealand. Always going to be a coin toss. Scotland’s situation was worse. New Zealand had great chances in 1995, 1999, 2007 but they could not win a tight RWC match. The first tight match they ever won was versus France in the 2011 final, literally they lost every other tight match before that. Some of those NZ teams around that era were #1 surely?

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